What Rooney Said To Walcott That Made Him Move To Everton

Ross Houston
January 19, 2018

The 47-cap England worldwide, 28, signed for the Toffees on Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £20m, joining Rooney at Goodison Park ahead of Saturday's clash with West Brom.

"For whatever reason it didn't happen this year and that's why I've moved on", said Walcott.

"This is a club with great history.

I want to be a part of the atmosphere here and try to build something special", Walcott told EvertonTV.

Walcott is hoping to re-discover his goal scoring form having seen his play time at Arsenal greatly reduced this season under coach Arsene Wenger.

The England worldwide was attracting plenty of interest before opting to join Everton, with boyhood club Southampton also keeping tabs on his services.

"I have a new manager I have to impress and get the ball rolling", said the forward, who was the third-highest goalscoring Englishman last season with 19, behind only Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

"The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now".

"I'm dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I'm excited again, I really am".

Aside Ademola Lookman who is of Nigerian heritage and is at Everton another Nigerian star in Henry Onyekuru is also on the pay books of the Toffess.

Often criticized for his final ball, Walcott has mainly been used as a right winger by Wenger although the player has stated his desire to feature as a central striker.

To bring a young player in and to have belief in him, I can't thank him enough for that.

"There's something about this move I've just felt good about", he said.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce suggests that he will revert back to defensive tactics after his side suffered four successive defeats in all competitions.

With any player if you are not playing you are going to be upset but I've always had so much respect for the manager. There has been a little dip - but that happens and it is how you get out of that which makes you stronger.

"Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Jamie Vardy could well have been an England front-line in recent years but, if Allardyce gets his way, they could be lining up together at Goodison Park soon".

Walcott watched his new team-mates train at Everton's Finch Farm base on Wednesday and completed his first full session with them on Friday. That's what I want to bring into this team: "the goals, the assists".

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